Don’t stall! There’s still time to get involved in the Travel Trade Crusade, where you get to rally around Europe and raise money for good causes. Gary Noakes talks to co-founder Sarah Archer.
For some, it will be more first gear than Top Gear, but all the teams in the Travel Trade Crusade have the same finish line in sight – raising more than £30,000 for good causes.
On July 15 a collection of old bangers, modified runabouts and even a few classics and supercars will leave the northern French city of Amiens, making their way along a 1,500-mile course through Germany, finishing near the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
Some 26 teams are expected to start, although not all of them are likely to finish (given the state of their cars). The list of participants includes people from Sunvil, Kuoni, If Only, Baldwins Travel, Tui and The Travel Trade Consultancy. They will be raising funds for charities as diverse as London’s Air Ambulance, Just a Drop, Reubens Retreat, Abta LifeLine, Alzheimer’s Research and Rotherham Hospice.
The crusade will wind its way through Germany, with stops in Freudenstadt and Boppard, before turning north for the finish.
Sarah Archer, crusade co-founder and Beachcomber Tours’ UK sales manager, said that the teams were keeping their choice of wheels closely under wraps, but added: “I know there are some really quite ambitious plans for some of the cars.”